Specialization in Data Visualization with Tableau

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How Tableau can help improve business data visualization.


Suppose you want to improve your data visualization skills and create impactful reports and dashboards that drive business decisions. In that case, you can refer to the “Data Visualization with Tableau” specialisation on Coursera.

Data Visualization with Tableau Specialization

Created in collaboration with the University of California, Davis, this comprehensive five-course curriculum will take you from novice to expert in using Tableau‘s popular data visualization software while exploring the essential principles of visual design and analysis.

Data Visualization with Tableau Specialization, University of California, Davis
Data Visualization with Tableau Specialization, Coursera

The “Data Visualization with Tableau” specialization on Coursera is a great place to start if you want to improve data visualisation. As a data analyst, I was impressed by the depth and breadth of the course material, which covers everything from basic visualization concepts to advanced techniques for creating compelling data stories.

One of the unique features of this specialization is the focus on data storytelling, which is an essential skill for any data professional. As the courses continue, you will learn how to identify and frame data narratives, structure visualizations to drive audience attention and create a compelling story that leaves a lasting impression.

The specialization consists of five courses, each building on the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous course. The first course, “Fundamentals of Visualization with Tableau,” is an excellent introduction to the software for beginners, while subsequent courses delve into the essentials of design, visual analysis and dashboard creation:

One of the features I appreciated most about the major was the emphasis on the practical application of the concepts learned. We worked on projects in each course that challenged us to apply our knowledge and skills to real data sets. The opportunity to put what I learned into practice was enriching and allowed me to develop my skills concretely. The final capstone project is particularly challenging, as you are asked to create a portfolio-worthy data story that will be shared on Tableau Public. But seeing your skills develop and create something you are proud to show off is also gratifying.

In addition to learning the basic functionality of Tableau, the specialization in “Data Visualization with Tableau” on Coursera will also teach you advanced skills for creating effective business intelligence reports. You will learn to manipulate data and create advanced visualizations, including maps, bar charts, and scatter plots. You will also acquire essential design skills, such as choosing appropriate colours for displays, creating clear labels, and arranging visual elements consistently and attractively. Finally, you will also learn how to effectively communicate data, create engaging data stories that drive business decisions, and present your analysis clearly and compellingly. With these skills, you can create special reports and dashboards that impress your colleagues and superiors.

Courses are created and taught by the University of California, Davis, a top research university known for its excellence in sustainability, technology and the life sciences. The professors and instructors all have a great deal of experience in data visualization and Tableau and provide a wealth of knowledge and resources in continuing courses.

Overall, I found the major to be an excellent investment in my professional development. The courses are challenging and time-consuming (each takes several weeks), but the skills and knowledge gained are worth the effort. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the course materials and the community of students and instructors who provided feedback and support along the way.

If you want to perfect your skills in data visualization and Tableau, I highly recommend the specialization “Data Visualization with Tableau” on Coursera. You will learn essential skills and concepts and create powerful business intelligence reports and data visualizations that will set you apart as a data and analytics professional.


  1. Course content: lectures’ quality, the topic’s relevance, and how well the course met your initial expectations.
  2. Clarity of instruction: how easy it was to understand the course material, whether the instructions were clear, and whether the teacher provided sufficient explanations.
  3. Practical applicability: if the skills acquired in the course will be helpful in my career or practical applications.
  4. Support and resources: additional learning resources, such as supplementary readings and support offered by tutors or fellow students.
  5. Difficulty level: the complexity of the course and how challenging it was for me to complete it; more stars indicate a more challenging course.
  6. Overall value: overall judgment of the quality of the course, considering both the cost and what I gained in terms of new skills acquired.

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Below you will find in progressive order the various “Viz”(1) elaborated during my specialization and published in my profile on “Tableau Public(2):

Finally, this is the certification issued by Coursera:

Data Visualization with Tableau Specialization

If you are interested in learning more about this topic or have specific questions, please get in touch with me using the references on my contact page. I will happily answer your questions and provide more information about my work as a Data Analyst. Thank you for visiting my site and for your interest in my work.

(1) “Viz” is a common abbreviation for “visualization” and refers to a data visualization created with Tableau software. A “Viz” can be a graph, bar graph, map, or any other visual representation of data.

(2) “Tableau Public” is a free online Tableau platform that allows users to share their Viz with the world. With Tableau Public, you can upload your Viz to an online server so anyone can view them, interact with them, and embed them in presentations or websites. Many free Viz is available on Tableau Public, making it a great place to find inspiration and learn new data visualization techniques.

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